What just hapenned to my sub?

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  1. Brett Creider

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    I was listening to that "I like big speakers" song...moderate volumes...up close watching the sub...

    It's doing fine not bottoming or anything then suddenly it just dies. Amp is still on, no sound out of sub...

    .....did I just kill it?
     
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    Amp got too hot. Let it cool down and see if it starts up again.
     
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    You're right...I just felt back there and it's pretty hot...any way to cool it down more while it's running so it doesn't cut off more often?
     
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    It is the Parts Express 250watt remote control amp with a Tempest...

    It's sealed and there's 60oz of polyfill in the box too.
     
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    I have the same amp. I had this happen once also when I was running successive 20hz tones. Basically, if you must have the sub calibrated too "hot" you'll have to mount a small fan or calibrate your sub to "proper" levels. I know, "proper" levels don't give you the bass impact you desire. I had to adjust my expectations also. You'll find the music to be much more balanced though [​IMG] Home theater will still have tons of impact but music will be more natural.
     
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    It is used mostly for music....like 90% of the time....I was just wanting to see what she'd do [​IMG]
     
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    It did it again [​IMG] lol I'll just put a fan back there somehow...
     
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    You'll be fine then. You gotta test the limits or it will always be in the back of your head... I did the same thing with my sub. Just be glad the amp had protection circuitry.
     
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    Brett, I went through this exact same scenario after I completed my Tempest sub. I'd crank up the bass to feel the house shake, and my amp would get quite hot. I just set a fan in front of my separate plate amp box, and all was well, when I needed to really crank on the bass.

    And, just as Darren says, I eventually learned to turn the bass down. Music does sound a lot better when its not dominated by the subwoofer. Mine is by no means at calibration levels for music, as it is still 8-10 db hot. Its tending to go down, as time goes on and the novelty wears off.

    Since my box is an EBS, I chose to add a parametric equalizer to tune the bass to my liking, for music. This works very well for me.
     
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    Another question off topic while I let it cool down...


    Why does car audio sound like crap? My neighbor and all the friends I know with subs all have car audio, not home. I've listened to them and sure they get loud and they rattle everything but they have no definition at all. They are very boomy and not at all tight, but they think it sounds great. I played the same song on my system in here and in their car and it seems they go louder but it's just boom all the time....
     
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    Paul...

    That sounds about right lol. I've been building it for 5 days and I was researching it for a month...and nearly $400 was spent on it....


    So I've got some high hopes for this thing I guess...
     
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    lol well I am a "kid" I guess, just turned 18 last Thursday but my friends all want stuff that hits hard. That's all they want. They have decent head units and some of them have decent speakers but they all want boom.

    I want clean, tight sound not just something to set off car alarms...


    Ya I was born 10/23/85 so when you had those 2 10s...I was born lol...
     
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    Wanna hear somthing that sounds great and still gets loud? Try that same Tempest in a car with 500 watts [​IMG]

    Yes, I'm probably Darrens age but I like it loud and CLEAN!
     
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    Brett, you are just more mature and enlightened than your friends.. Most kids grow out of the boom phase and want quality later on, after they have grown partially deaf, and pissed off all their neighbors and total strangers.
    You are just past that stage without ever having been there. I'm the same... or should I say, I was the same as you.. Hell, teach your friends, that you can have a system hit hard, and with a different eq setting, you can have quality sound too.. good luck though..
     
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    Hi Ronnie,

    Nope, it wasn't that early of a model [​IMG] It was an in-dash CD player...it wasn't one of the first CD players but was the first in my group of friends [​IMG]

    Are ya finished with that gorgeous Tempest yet? I wanna see the finished product.
     

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